[Petition] Asia: it’s time to end executions

October 2008

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THE PETITON

“We, the undersigned,

Call on the Japanese government to end secrecy surrounding the death row inmates and the application of the death penalty and appeal to the Japanese Minister of Justice to commute the sentence and review the case of Hakamada Iwao, sentenced to death in 1968 and detained in solitary confinement for the last 28 years.

Call on the Pakistani government to guarantee the right to a fair trial and appeal to the President to commute the sentence of Younis Masih, sentenced to death on 30 May 2007 for blasphemy following an unfair trial.

Call on the Vietnamese president and government to reduce the number of offences punishable by death and appeal to the Vietnamese president to commute the sentence of Tang Thi Ba, a former post office treasurer sentenced to death for embezzlement in May 2008.

Call on the Taiwanese government to declare a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty as provided by the UN General Assembly resolution 62/149 and appeal to the Taiwanese president to commute the sentences of Liu Bing-lang, Su Chien-ho and Chuang Lin-hsun known as the “Hsichih Trio”, sentenced to death in 1991 after they had confessed under torture committing a murder.

Call on the Indian government to declare a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty as provided by the United Nation General Assembly resolution 62/149.

Call on the South Korean government to affirm the moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty in law for all crimes."


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